Useful Tips for Your First Family Camping Trip
Camping is now more popular than ever, with a rising number of people wanting a ‘staycation’ holiday. With the right equipment, you can have a great time at a cheap cost with the family. And if this is a first for all of you, then you have some reading to do.
Consider these tips so you can to a blast on your first outdoor sleepover:
1. Keep everything simple.
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Your first family camping trip is not a good time to strap on those backpacks and indulge in the wilderness for an entire week. One night or two in some campground near civilization should be good for starters. This first for the family may be more successful if go to a campground with flush toilets, electrical outlets, showers or any of those basic home comforts.
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2. Have at least one experienced camper in the group.
Camping with the family is fun. But since you’re all beginners, it would be best to have a more experienced camper to come along. This person will probably have the required know-how and equipment that can help make your trip a real success. Moreover, if there are kids around the same age as yours who can come with you, that would be just awesome. Boredom can be a problem of children, but not when other children are around.
3. Pack good quality camping meals and snacks.
As mentioned, keep everything simple. Cook dinner using campfire forks, which cost about $4 each. Bring some bell pepper strips, mushrooms, hot dogs, cherry tomatoes, and pineapple chunks. You can skewer and cook them above the fire! After you’ve had your meal, clean the sticks in the fire and use them for some marshmallow toasting. Allow the kids to toast their own, and have lots of marshmallows, as some will likely catch on fire. You can also make s’mores; just remember to pack some graham crackers and chocolate bars.
4. Plan for peaceful sleep.
> Extra blankets to make sure everyone will be warm – Better to bring more than needed than to be cold all night long. Long-lasting hand warmers – those commonly used by skiers – will be just great too.
> Separate air mattresses or pads – Bring singles, instead of queens or kings so that everyone’s tossing and turning can be kept to themselves. You can also choose to bring cots.
> A sleeping bag for each one – You will feel much warmer than sleeping together under piles of blankets. But remember, you will get what you pay for. If you don’t have the budget to buy quality equipment, consider renting or borrowing for now.
> Finally, ear plugs- Noises at night are lot louder in a tent. Dogs barking can keep you awake for hours.